If you want to sell your home faster, staging is a clever way to do it. Staging a house allows you to present it in its best light, encouraging prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. It helps you shine in competitive markets, as homebuyers are becoming accustomed to seeing staged homes, in person, on home decorating shows, and in online listings. Here’s how to make yours look its best.
The most basic task when staging a home involves removing clutter and cleaning the house. Remove knick-knacks and personal items from all surfaces. And don’t just put them in closets; potential buyers usually look in them, and you want yours to appear roomy. Box up spare belongings and get them out of the house.
With all the clutter gone, do a deep cleaning. Make your kitchen and bathroom sparkle, and be sure to close the toilet lid before people come by. Air out the entire house by opening the windows, which is better than air fresheners or scented candles, which can trigger allergies. And make sure you wash everything your pets touch. No one is attracted to pet odor. Consider hiring a pro for the deep clean if it’s not your thing.
Buyers typically like to see bright rooms, so lighting is an essential part of staging a home. So open your blinds or pull your curtains back before a showing. Make sure your light fixtures look appealing. If your lampshades are dingy or your fixtures are dated, consider replacing them. I also recommend playing with different types and moods of lighting. In addition to your overhead lighting, create an inviting atmosphere with lamps and wall sconces.
If you want to stage your entire house, that’s great. But if you don’t have the time or money to stage the whole thing, you can get the most bang for your buck by staging certain rooms. The NAR survey found the living room is the most crucial space to stage, with 55 percent of agents surveyed thinking it’s “very important” to stage it. Next comes the master bedroom, followed by the kitchen. And your last priority should be any extra bedrooms.
Remove half of your furniture. This could be difficult since you are probably using the furniture in your home. But your house will look bigger and more appealing to most buyers with less furniture.
“Sellers need to shift their mindset to the buyers perspective,” says professional home stager Tiffany White. “Once a seller can detach themselves from their home, they can view it as a product and prepare the space properly for maximum buyer appeal.”
If your furniture just does not look showroom-ready, you can remove it all and rent nicer, newer pieces. Put your furniture in storage, or sell or donate it if you are not taking it with you. If you have already moved, another option is rental furniture from stores like Cort Furniture.
Once your furniture has been thinned out, or a rented set has arrived, position couches, chairs, and tables away from your walls. This is a design technique called “floating” the furniture. Anchor the space with an area rug, even if the room has wall-to-wall carpet. This creates a cozy, intimate space, ideal for chatting with friends and family.
Once your house is picture-perfect, add some finishing touches. People love to see fresh flowers in vases, a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter, and folded towels in the bathroom.
If you neglect the outside of your home, you probably will not attract as many buyers to view the home. Get buyers in the door by doing the following:
Power-wash your house and the walkways.
Clean your windows.
Make sure your address is visible.
Mow the lawn.
Trim overgrown greenery.
Add a welcome mat.
Put potted plants on your front stoop.
If you have a porch, include outdoor furniture.
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